Desensitization to Violence: Is this a problem?

@golfproo (1841)
Canada
June 9, 2007 5:33pm CST
If you turn on the evening news you are bombarded with stories about the cruelty of people to one another. Some of the things that people do is absolutely horrific. I think one of the reasons for this is because of the desensitization to violence which is a trademark of our society. Movies, video games, music, all of these things portray violence and often accept and promote it. Do you agree with this? Or do you think it is the problems of individuals? Should our youth be exposed to this desensitization? Or should the term censorship be locked up and we should throw away the key. Personally, I believe we have become too violent a society and we need to do something about it. cheers,
2 people like this
6 responses
• United States
9 Jun 07
Eahc individual is responsible for their own behavior, if i make you sit through 3 years of violent videogames it is up to you to go do somethign such as shoot someone, kill somsoen or kill your classmates.
2 people like this
@golfproo (1841)
• Canada
9 Jun 07
True...yet are children mentally developed enough to make these decisions? This desensitization begins very early and then begins to escalate.
1 person likes this
@pelo26 (1553)
• Philippines
9 Jun 07
I have come to realize that violence is indeed a part of human nature. We can't deny it. Violence sells because it has found itself eager consumers. Civilized society has worked so hard to subdue this violent urge in everyone of us. Movies and video games provide necessary outlets to dissipate this urges. That's why during earlier times we have lot of wars. We need to protect our kids though. No, censorship shouldn't be trashed. Movies and video games should be properly tagged and rated to guide our parents. Cheers!
2 people like this
• Canada
14 Jun 07
I get tired of people blaming our cultural influences for the natural human tendency towards violence. Society does influence our tolerance of these expressions of violence in mvoies, video games, videos (particularly the hip-hop gangsta type) and professional sports. How we conduct ourselves in society will dictate how much of a problem it is. We have regulated our cultural expressions - movies are rated, video games are too, there are advisories to parents on certain profane music CDs and even art which displays violence towards other humans can be subject ot community standards of censorship. No,we have enough controls.
1 person likes this
@CmanCel (22)
• United States
10 Jun 07
There is a reason we have a rating system...The problem lies in enforcing it...If you let a child sit down and play those violent games, they are gonna think its ok to do such things to people...I suppose you are right about our society becoming too violent with all the movies that have come out and the games that promote weapon use but I say if you can't distinguish reality from fantasy then you should not indulge in movies or games like that...Killing in real life is not like in games...There are dire consequences and you will pay them..There is no cheat code to get out of jail or no god mode to save you
1 person likes this
10 Jun 07
I think we all become desensitised to violence because we see so much of it, as you say in the news etc, but how many of us acutally has first hand of the emotional, physical feelings of that violence. I hope not that many, but I think that because of that, it's easier to switch off, have a complete emotional detachment to violence and pain, and suffering. I think back to the older generations, like my grandparents who fought in the wars, to them, they would have done anything to avoid further violence, therefore to them it was real pain, but for us, generations on, with violence portayed as glamour, as a cool image, as something to be proud of in the movies and video games, the desensitisation of violence is all too apparent. It's scary too, because there are many people that simply have no concept or compassion for others and they are the ones that we all have to be warey of.
1 person likes this
@jennybianca (12918)
• Australia
10 Jun 07
Yes, I completely agree that we have, in part, become desentised to violence. When I was a child, we didn't have TV until I was six, and then only one channel. There was nbo way I would have been allowed to watch violent programs, altghough I may have watched the news at a youngish age. I certainly had no computers or videos. So I had far less exposure to violence.. I have tried to limit my daughters exposure to violence. However, as I wanted to watch the newss, she would have sen some scenes. I didn't allow her to watch anything other than G rated for many years. It has only been in the past year or 2 that I allowed her to see a M rated mvie. Sadly, my steo children have been exposed to violent movies from a young age.